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HL7 FHIR DevDays Recap: Boston is on FHIR!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 25, 2018 3:45:00 PM / by Russ Leftwich, MD posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, interoperability, health IT, Google, Connectathon, Apple, DevDays, apps

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 Boston is on FHIR!

HL7® FHIR® DevDays in Boston just concluded. This first US Edition of HL7 FHIR DevDays exceeded expectations in all respects. Attendance eclipsed all previous HL7 FHIR DevDays events and there was a waiting list. The content was stellar and was a window into the rapidly changing future of healthcare data liquidity and secure data access that is starting to become reality. Furthermore, the State Room venue on the 33rd floor above downtown Boston was spectacular.  

Caption: View of downtown Boston from the State Room on the 33rd floor. 

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What Can Apple Learn from the CCDE Track at the HL7® FHIR®  Connectathon 17

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2018 1:41:34 PM / by Sandeep Giri posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, health IT, Connectathon, Patient Consent, Patient Experience, Operational Efficiency, Apple, HIPAA, CCDE, Right to Access, OAuth2

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 The HL7® FHIR® Connectathon Consumer Centered Data Exchange Track

Covered entities face an ever-growing demand to enable digital health apps to access Protected Health Information (PHI). The technical and legal requirements to enable this are the focus areas for the Consumer Centered Data Exchange (CCDE) track at the HL7 FHIR Connectathon. This track initiated at the San Diego Connectathon (September 2017), and it made more progress recently (January 27-28) at the New Orleans Connectathon. Track participation may have been piqued by Apple’s recent announcement that it will provide patients an “effortless solution bringing health records to iPhone”, and that Apple will use FHIR services to enable this.

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Caption: Participants at the HL7 FHIR Connectathon 17 in New Orleans, LA. Image credit: Kai Heitmann.

Apple’s announcement couldn’t be more closely tied to the work of the enthusiastic CCDE track participants, representing the entire healthcare industry including providers, payers, government, academia and app developers. Apple could benefit a lot from this track’s work if iPhone users are to access PHI from covered entities beyond the initial 12 participants of the iOS 11.3 beta.

Why? Mainly because the CCDE track focuses on 3 key requirements:

  1. It should be technically simple for a covered entity to verify that an app requesting access to a patient’s PHI is indeed controlled by that particular patient;
  2. The way an app accesses PHI should be compliant with data governance and privacy policies of the covered entity, as well as HIPAA guidelines, and;
  3. The experience of an app user should be simple enough so that they clearly understand and acknowledge what they are sharing with the app. 

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HL7 and TransCelerate Improving Clinical Research and Standard of Care Together

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 20, 2017 1:16:47 PM / by Trisha Simpson posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, health IT, Connectathon, clinical research

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 The HL7® FHIR® Connectathon at HL7's 31st Annual Plenary & Working Group Meeting

I don’t know what you were doing on Saturday, September 9, but I was in a San Diego hotel ballroom watching a little history being made.

HL7 held the 16th FHIR Connectathon on September 9 & 10 and it was another great success. Over 200 people happily gathered together at 9:00 am (with lots of coffee) to work in the 19 tracks developing FHIR solutions.

Clinical Research Track

The Clinical Research track, co-sponsored by TransCelerate, filled three large tables. This was a huge jump in participation. We had seven participants at the January Connectathon in San Antonio and two at the May Connectathon in Madrid.

Read more about how TransCelerate BioPharma Inc. generated use cases for the Clinical Research track and supported the event here.

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HL7® FHIR® Connectathon 16: Patient Consent Forms: Redundant in the World of OAuth2? Part 2 of 2

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 5, 2017 9:43:53 AM / by Sandeep Giri posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, health IT, Connectathon, OAuuth2, Patient Consent, Patient Experience, Operational Efficiency

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 The HL7® FHIR® Connectathon Consumer Centered Data Exchange Track

In my previous article, Patient Consent Forms: Redundant in the World of OAuth, Part 1, I suggested providers to design their OAuth2 authorization challenge as a patient consent form so that patient consent can be digitally recorded during the OAuth dance. This would allow providers to share patient health records with the patient health apps much more efficiently without requiring separate paper/PDF consent forms, while still meeting the policy and regulatory requirements.

In this post, I will walk through a specific example of how to do this, and also discuss the differences in providers and patients’ perspectives on consent.

OAuth2 Authorization Challenge as a Patient Consent Form

First, let’s consider the scenarios from the Consumer Centered Data Exchange track at the FHIR Connectathon 16 in San Diego where a patient app can pull their health records from all of their providers in one place, or cause their EMR data to be sent from provider A to provider B. In both these scenarios, the provider may need an explicit patient consent or authorization form (often paper-based) signed by patient. So, how can we use OAuth2 challenge instead to capture patient consent?

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HL7® FHIR® Connectathon 16: Patient Consent Forms: Redundant in the World of OAuth2? Part 1 of 2

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 29, 2017 11:56:45 AM / by Sandeep Giri posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, health IT, Connectathon, OAuuth2, Patient Consent, Patient Experience, Operational Efficiency

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 The HL7® FHIR® Connectathon Consumer Centered Data Exchange Track

The HL7 FHIR Connectathon 16 in San Diego hosted a Consumer Centered Data Exchange track, focusing on scenarios where a patient app can “pull” their health records from all of their providers in one place, or cause their EMR data to be sent from provider A to provider B. However, before such pulling or sharing can begin, one needs to consider that a provider may require an explicit patient consent or authorization form (often paper-based) signed by the patient

Today, a patient would typically do this by signing a paper form and the provider would hand over a DVD containing scanned PDF copies of the patient’s health records. Now, imagine using a consumer health app on your phone, and every time you request your provider to share your records, the app asks you to first download a consent form that you then need to print, sign and fax to your provider. That would be a cumbersome and undesirable patient experience. Instead, digitally embedding patient consent during the electronic pulling or sharing of patient records itself can make this experience much smoother.

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CDS Hooks, Genomics and More: Update from HL7 FHIR Connectathon 15 in Madrid

[fa icon="calendar'] May 25, 2017 9:49:37 AM / by David Hay posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, health IT, Connectathon

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As is customary, the team held a FHIR® Connectathon preceding the HL7 International Conference & Working Group Meeting in Madrid earlier this month.

Connectathons are an integral part of the HL7 FHIR process as they help validate the decisions that are made as part of the overall development of the specification, and ensure the standard is as easy as possible to implement (recognizing that healthcare interoperability is always going to be complex). 

HL7 FHIR Connectathon 15 had approximately 80 attendees – a bit down from previous connectathons, though still a strong turnout for an event held outside of the US. 

This connecthaton featured 10 tracks, click here to read the complete list. 

Following are some of the highlights: 

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Getting Ready for HL7 FHIR Connectathon 15

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 5, 2017 3:48:15 PM / by David Hay posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, interoperability, health IT, Connectathon

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It’s my pleasure to make you aware of the next HL7 FHIR Connectathon taking place on Saturday,   May 6 and Sunday, May 7 in Madrid, Spain. This event takes place in conjunction with the May 2017 International Conference & Working Group Meeting

Hard to believe, but it’s already the 15th one and we look forward to many more.

If you are thinking about attending this Connectathon, but you’re not sure if it is right for you, or even where to start, as one of the organizers, I can help. 

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HL7 FHIR Connectathon: Notes from the Medication Track

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 2, 2017 4:00:56 PM / by Sandeep Giri posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, health IT, pharmacy, Connectathon

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The HL7 FHIR Connectathon Medication Track

At the HL7 FHIR Connectathon 14, held January 14 - 15, 2017 in San Antonio, I participated in the medication track. See my previous post to learn more about how I ended up in the medication track. 

HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard has four key resources related to medication:

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HL7 FHIR Connectathon: First Time Impressions and Other Tidbits

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2017 11:15:00 AM / by Sandeep Giri posted in FHIR, hl7, hl7 community, interoperability, health IT, Connectathon

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Excitement Filled the Room

It was already 9:23 am. One could argue that on a normal Saturday morning, that's an early start time. 

But I was late. The conference room at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the Riverwalk was packed ... and buzzing with excitement over FHIR resources, interoperability and the like: 

 

I later learned the total number of participants at the HL7 FHIR Connectathon 14 was 200+  (a sharp increase from the 6 who attended the first Connectathon just a few years ago).

It seemed like 20+ round tables, packed close to each other, each with 6 to 10 participants, elbow to elbow.  Some attendees engaged in lively discussion, some furiously wrote code, and some just stared at their screens (most displaying a FHIR resource page) brows creased in concentration.

Where Do I Start? 

Why couldn’t I drag my behind out of bed a little earlier for the opening remarks so I could orient myself better?

Which table should I start from?

In this mild confusion, I walked past each table to see if I could find anyone I knew or a track I was familiar with.

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